20 May 2013, Bread for the World blog -- "Yesterday, the House Committee on Agriculture passed a farm bill that includes a $21 billion cut to the SNAP program. The bill, formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, passed out of committee by a vote of 36 yeas and 10 nays.

 

Bread for the World expressed outrage over the severe cuts to anti-hunger programs in a joint statement with Feeding America, United Way, and Catholic Relief Services.

 

The bill, which now goes to House leadership to be scheduled for a floor vote, would create hardship for families in the Unites States and have deadly consequences for families abroad. If enacted, it would:

 

*Remove 2 million SNAP recipients from the programReduce SNAP benefits (by about $90 each month) for 850,000 households

 

* End free school meals for 210,000 children.

 

* Cut international food aid by $2.5 billion over 5 years—those cuts would include a 78 percent reduction in funding for improving the nutritional quality of food aid."